Sportsbooks Ruling Out the Dolphins this SaturdayPosted by: Charlie Smith
Before the 2016 online NFL betting season began, most sportsbooks predicted that the Dolphins would finish last in the AFC East. Last year, the Dolphins began their season with a 1-3 record which was enough to motivate the franchise to fire Joe Philbin. Dan Campbell was promoted to interim head coach for the remainder of the year and led Miami to a 5-7 finish, giving the Dolphins a 6-10 record for the season. Since that’s not close to being a winning record, most bookies thought that the logical thing to do was predict another disappointing season for Miami. But 1st year head coach Adam Gase has exceeded each and every expectation and heading into Week 16, Gase has the Dolphins poised for a playoff finish.
The Dolphins are still a long ways off from making the Super Bowl, but if the season ended today Miami would qualify for the postseason with the 6th seed in the AFC. However, since there are 2 games left in the season, how the Dolphins fare in the remaining weeks will determine whether they retain their 6th seed, or whether they miss out on the playoffs for the 9th straight season. Let’s see what kind of online NFL betting odds Miami faces in their next contest.
NFL Odds – Week 16 – Saturday, December 24th
Miami Dolphins +4 (-110) 41 (-110) +170
In Week 16 the 9-5 Miami Dolphins will make the journey to New York to face off against the 4-10 Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Despite the fact that the Bills have twice as many losses as the Fins, the sportsbooks odds are still siding with Buffalo by more than a considerable margin. It might have something to do with the injury Ryan Tannehill suffered in the Dolphins win against the Arizona Cardinals, which is turning out to be more serious than expected. However, if we were to take a look at how Tannehill’s replacement, Matt Moore, fared in Miami’s game against the Jets this past weekend, it’s clear that the backup is more than well equipped to lead this team to a victory.
In the contest against New York Moore completed 12/18 passes for 236 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception giving him a passer rating of 126.2. In fact, considering how poor Miami’s running game was in that contest, it’s fair to say that Moore is the reason the Dolphins won that contest. Miami ran the ball 27 times and was only able to gain 67 yards on the ground, averaging a mere 2.5 yards per carry. However, it should be noted that the Jets have the 21st worst passing defense in the league, while the Bills have the 8th best. If the Dolphins struggle to establish the run this Saturday, the pressure will certainly be on Moore to get the job done against an elite secondary. The sportsbooks don’t think Moore can get the job done, but it wouldn’t be the first time the online NFL betting odds were wrong.